Re: Honeyeater sleeping on road.

To: birding aus <>
Subject: Re: Honeyeater sleeping on road.
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 13:44:21 +1000
Hi All, 

Out at Anakie, Victoria on the weekend, there was a Fuscous Honeyeater 
'sleeping' in the middle of the road.  I thought it was a small marsupial 
at first, since its head was tucked under its wing. 

After keeping it warm for about 45 minutes, it  eventually recovered and 
flew strongly back into a tree full of honeyeaters and fed normally. 

It may have been clipped by a car and stunned, but it didn't have any 
signs of injury and was very unflustered about me picking it up. It almost 
seemed drugged! 

Fuscous Honeyeaters are rarely recorded this far south, but this year 
there has been an influx due to the drought.  I'm thinking that this bird 
may have been 'resting' in a percieved safe location after a long 
migration. ( or perhaps upcoming mirgation)  Is this likely? Has anyone 
else observed  birds 'sleeping' during the day, when its not related to 

I've put a photo of the bird, as this weeks photo on my 'photo of the 
week' page if anyones interested in seeing the bird.



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